PRESIDENT Donald Trump lashed out at Big Tech on Wednesday for "corruption" as Twitter and Facebook leaders say they haven't censored him.
As Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the Senate, Trump tweeted: "Media and Big Tech are not covering Biden Corruption!"
"The USA doesn’t have Freedom of the Press, we have Suppression of the Story, or just plain Fake News," Trump wrote.
"So much has been learned in the last two weeks about how corrupt our Media is, and now Big Tech, maybe even worse. Repeal Section 230!"
Trump's claims come after reporting on Hunter Biden from the New York Post two weeks ago was briefly censored by Twitter and Facebook.
The articles were about emails, photos, and other personal documents that were supposedly on Hunter's laptop that he dropped off at a repair store in Delaware in 2019.
For less than 24 hours, Twitter didn't allow people to share the URLs or send them via direct message – which Dorsey said was "incorrect."
Anyone who shared the links on Twitter was briefly banned from the platform.
Zuckerberg said the platform didn't outright ban the link from being shared, but as it was going through the fact-checking process, articles' distribution was "strained" so any possible "fake news" wasn't circulated.
Dorsey was accused by Republican Senator Ted Cruz during Wednesday's hearing of "egregious" abuse at the hands of Twitter over the censorship.
Dorsey said Twitter doesn't have the ability to "influence elections" – but was slammed by the Texas senator for its policies.
"Mr Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?" Cruz asked the CEO.
"Why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super Pac, silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?"
"Well we're not doing that," Dorsey replied. "And that's why I opened this hearing with calls for more transparency."
Dorsey explained on Wednesday that the decision was made in line with a policy created in 2018 on "hacked materials."
Dorsey said that the Post's reporting was based on documents that were seemingly "hacked" from Hunter's laptop.
Cruz said this was "highly dubious and clearly employed in deeply partial way."
The Texas senator went on to question whether Twitter blocked or censored The New York Times' recent reporting on President Donald Trump's tax returns.
The Times did not officially receive a copy of Trump's tax paperwork – as reporters were leaked the documents.
Twitter said it didn't violate the terms of service because it was "about" the documents, and that the report did not "distribute the material."
In their opening statements on Wednesday, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, and Pichai addressed the proposals for changes to so-called Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to the Senate committee.
The provision of a 1996 law protects companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google from liability over content that's posted online by users and the qualification of the content as "free speech."
In his tweets on Wednesday, Trump said: "Repeal Section 230!"
Both Zuckerberg and Dorsey said during their testimony that their platforms have not censored Trump's postings online.
Both of the CEOS that in line with their policies on elections and misinformation, among others, Trump's tweets are sometimes given a fact-check label.
They contended the president's tweets have never been deleted or outright censored.
This month, the Justice Department filed a landmark lawsuit against Google for antitrust violations – but the tech giant said the case is "deeply flawed."
The lawsuit alleges that Google abused its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and harm consumers.
“Google is the gateway to the internet and a search advertising behemoth," US Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen told reporters of the filing.
“It has maintained its monopoly power through exclusionary practices that are harmful to competition.”
But Google said the lawsuit is "deeply flawed" because "people use Google because they choose to – not because they're forced to or because they can't find alternatives."
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